Sheep death disagreement

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

Border beasties hit Budget wall

The Budget will bring more detector dogs at the border

Biggest win for farmers and growers in Budget is extra funding going to stopping pests at the border.

Hotspot waits for rain

Sheep pick through a dry paddock near Waipara in North Canterbury.

Some North Canterbury drought zone farmers are wondering how they will be able to feed their livestock over winter.

Merino suits sell in Japan

Merino farmers Tony and Rebecca Clarke with samples of wool woven from their 15 micron ultra-fine fleece they supply to Konaka Co.

Japanese company buying merino wool for suits heading back to NZ's high country next year.

Rural support in high demand

Steve Canton of Dairy NZ (left) and sharemilker Richard McIntyre at his farm.

Stressed dairy farmers going to Manawatu family farming trust for help to deal with low milk payout.

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opinion

Challenges ahead for rural communities

Stew Wadey is chair of the Matamata District Federated Farmers.

Our rural communities are well aware now of the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants, will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Fieldays

Young farmer has big future plans

Ohaupo young farmer James Robertson won $80,000 worth of scholarships for his agricultural studies at Massey University.

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Rural Bachelor contestants for National Fieldays 2015.

Hunks line-up for bachelor event

Hearts will be skipping a beat across two nations as eight country hunks contest the Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

dairy

The deal to clean up Lake Ellesmere

Ta Mark Solomon of Ngai Tahu, left, Donald Couch, ECan commissioner, and Dame Margaret Bazley, ECan chair, at Couch's retirement party earlier this year. It was understood that a water deal in Couch's district, Selwyn-Waihora, would be hard, but lead to deals elsewhere.

6:15 AM  Will dairy intensification pay for better water quality?

Is Fonterra's iron-grip slipping?

Fonterra's taken the hits, but suppliers should stay, says dairy farmer.

Otorohanga dairy factory

Chinese take milk battle to Fonterra

Waikato welcomes it's third Chinese dairy factory in as many years.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Wills thrilled to receive ONZM

Janette Wills from Matamata receiving her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Waikato woman Janette Wills was thrilled to receive her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Calf sales top $1000 mark

Cattle farmers had few complaints after prices topped $1000 for the best calves for the first time.

A new partnership between farmers and processers will challenge the dogma that cattle cannot be grown to prime weights through winter.

New meat industry pilot may work out kinks

A new pilot partnership between individual meat farmers and processors could lead to some farming dogmas curbing profitability being tested and found wanting by science, says Greenlea Premier Meats.

Sheep

Sheep death disagreement

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

She's capable of doing everything

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Merino farmers Tony and Rebecca Clarke with samples of wool woven from their 15 micron ultra-fine fleece they supply to Konaka Co.

Fine merino suits are hot sellers in Japan

Japanese company buying merino wool for suits heading back to NZ's high country next year with another 20 of its top sales people.

cropping

Vege planting postponed again

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Select avocado growers make good returns

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Motueka Fruitgrowers Association chairman Simon Easton says growers are ``pretty positive'' about potential returns from this season's fruit.

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

agribusiness

Chinese take milk battle to Fonterra

Otorohanga dairy factory

Waikato welcomes it's third Chinese dairy factory in as many years.

Bread trumping rice in Indonesia

Indonesia has become a major consumer of the world's wheat as appetites change.

Feeding out extra hay is a costly business for Cheviot farmers.

Canterbury hotspot waits for rain

Some North Canterbury drought zone farmers are wondering how they will be able to feed their livestock over winter.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

When is a tax not a tax?

When the Prime Minister says so, apparently.

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